Many women are turning to maternity acupressure to induce labor. Maternity acupressure is a more healthy and/or natural alternative to the traditional practice of going to the hospital and receiving drugs to induce labor.
There are many reasons why women would choose maternity acupressure to induce labor, including the desire for some control in the situation. Childbirth can be a time of deep physical and emotional strain. Choosing the time to start labor can actually help take control of the situation. There is also the fact that maternity acupressure also helps to control the pain, and gives the mother and birthing partner a way to turn the baby to the birthing position, even if he or she is not there yet. There is some research to suggest that maternity acupressure can be used instead of having to resort to a Caesarean.
While using maternity acupressure to induce labor is a safe technique to use, it can cause intensely strong contractions, so all users should be careful to use this technique only when they are absolutely prepared to start the birthing process. In addition, maternity acupressure has been used to induce labor by thousands of women, resulting in happy, healthy births across the globe, but all decisions should be discussed with the family doctor to make sure that it is a safe birthing technique to try in individual cases.
Some women find it useful to practice finding these points before the actual birthing process begins, but they should never practice on themselves, since these points can start contractions at any point in the pregnancy. Women should always practice on their birthing partners.
There are common pressure points used on the body for inducing labor. One is found at the top of the hand, in the skin between the thumb and pointer finger. This point can be used to start contractions or it can be used to relieve pain during labor. The traditional name for it is the Hoku.
Another useful acupressure point used in maternity acupressure used to induce labor is a point on the inner side of the ankle. The birthing partner should go above the anklebone, about the width of four of the mother's fingers and rub for about a minute.
The last point used in maternity acupressure to induce labor is the Bladder 32 point, found in the small of the expectant mother's back. This point is about the width of the mother's finger above the dimple. There should be a small indentation where the pressure point can be found.
If the expectant mother or her partner is unsure of whether or not the pressure point has been found, the mother can pay attention to the way the point feels when touched. Before labor, the point should be tender, as if there is a bruise there. After labor is induced, the physical sensation will change.
When the decision is made, using maternity acupressure to induce labor is an easy method that anyone can use successfully to, with no side affects or long recovery times for the mother or the child.